McFarlane praises Hornchurch defence while Joseph heads up Regent point

PUBLISHED: 11:30 27 November 2015

Hornchurch's Sam Mott has two Safe Hands awards to his name already this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch's Sam Mott has two Safe Hands awards to his name already this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins boss reflects on two draws in past week

While the exploits of strikers George Purcell and David Knight have seen them take much of the limelight this year, Hornchurch had their defence to thank in midweek.

Up against one of the Ryman North’s most prolific scorers in Harlow Town’s Alex Read, the Urchins rearguard were able to record their ninth clean sheet in the league this season.

Hornchurch were unable to break through at Bridge Avenue either, but Jimmy McFarlane was more than happy to praise his defenders after a 0-0 draw.

“The back four had been good all season, which is impressive as for one reason or another it hasn’t been settled,” he said.

“Paul Goodacre re-signed last week and he’s already proved to be a great addition to the squad for us.

“Sam Mott has already won two Safe Hands award in the league this season, so that tells you a lot too.

“We want to keep a clean sheet in every game because we know if we can do that, we give ourselves a better chance of

getting three points.”

Tuesday’s draw at home to Harlow was Hornchurch’s second in succession following a 1-1 draw at Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday, when Urchins had Tobi Joseph to thank for a late point after scoring a stoppage-time equaliser at North Road.

And McFarlane admitted he could have no complaints about sharing the points with the R’s

“To be perfectly honest, I think a draw was probably a fair result,” he added.

“They stated very brightly and are top of the form guide, but in the second half we had the wind and were camped in their half.

“Brightlingsea had a chance to score again, which they didn’t take, but then it was wave after wave from us and we got the point in the end.”

The week’s results see Urchins sitting in fourth place in Ryman North ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, five points behind leaders Cray Wanderers with two games in hand.

And with the title race hotting up, McFarlane has set his team a target for glory.

“There are about five teams in a similar position and I expect someone will break away as it goes on,” he said.

“If we can average two points for the rest of the season then we will be there or thereabouts come the end.”

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